Many people like the quality and build of American Apparel shirts but do not like the costs that are associated with it. In many cases “you get what you pay for.” While American Apparel is a very good apparel manufacturer there are many newer options that Think Graphics and Printing carry that are comparable in softness, quality, and style.
3 shirts come to mind when people are looking for a cost effective but comparable shirt. (In my opinion, most are nicer than AA but AA has some very unique options that aren’t available from other manufacturers)
Brand: Canvas (Mens) / Bella (Ladies)
Bella has been around for awhile, Canvas on the other hand, has not been out very long. The shirts are very soft and have a nice fashion cut that may appeal to slender to athletic builds. They fit slightly smaller than normal shirts. (Keep that in mind when you are ordering. All shirts shrink a little after they wash so don’t forget that either) I personally really like the Canvas shirts. Shirt costs are nearly half that of American Apparel. The “cons” on the Canvas shirts is that the color options are limited.
Brand: Next Level (Mens / Ladies)
Next Level Apparel shirts are personal favorite they have lots of shirts styles, cuts, and options. These shirts are super soft and also have a fashion cut. These are quite possibly American Apparel’s biggest competition. The Next Level Men’s and Women’s lines are very comprehensive and the prices are extremely competitive. These are recently available from our local supplier which means faster turn around then before. (Big plus for our customers) Cons: some limited color selections and availability is somewhat similar to American Apparel’s.
Option 3: Gildan Softstyle (Mens)
Gildan’s Softstyle shirt line is a Gildan’s approach of making a ring spun soft 100% cotton t-shirt for the masses that could potentially compete against the American Apparels out there. They have done a good job. The Gildan Softstyle shirts are not cut as extreme (fashion cut) as the Canvas or Next Levels but that could be a big plus for our customers that don’t have that type of physical build but want that soft quality shirt. Gildan Softstyle has a great color selection but does not have many options if you want different styles of Softstyle shirts. The shirt cost is the most affordable among these options.
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